August 14, 2013

Protect Your Domain Name From Expiring

Recently Yatra.com forgot to renew its domain name and it turned out to be embarrassing as well as loss in terms of business for Yatra. The loss is speculated to around 20 crores.

A domain name is important for a business. It brings you business. It is your identity on the Internet. And if you forget to renew your domain, it can cause disaster for your business especially if it is an E-Commerce site.



Here are a few tips to protect your domain name from expiring :
  • Check your domain names' expiration date : Keep track of all your domains expiration dates. Set reminders for your domains and renew them well in advance without waiting for the grace period.
  • Check the reminders : Before a domain is about to expire, the domain providers make it a point to send you multiple reminders in advance. Take them seriously and renew at the earliest. Also once in a week, make it a point to check your SPAM mail, in case the reminders go into them. Add your registrar's domain name in the spam filter's approved senders list.
  • Grace period : Most of the domain providers put your domain in grace period if in case you forget to renew on time. This grace period may range from 2 weeks to 1 month. Take the advantage of this and get your domain renewed.
  • Get your domain locked by the registrar : Domain providers do provide the facility to lock you domain so that it cannot be transfered or deleted by anyone else. This helps against unauthorized transfers.
  • Prefer Private Registration of Domain : If you want to secure your personal information from being exposed, go for private registration of your domain. As it is mandated by ICANN (Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers), each time you register a domain, your private information like your phone number, name, address, etc is made public. One can make this information private by Private Registration.
  • Auto Renewal : Best way to protect your domain from registration is to allow your registrar to auto renew your domain by debiting from your Credit/Debit Card.
  • Book for multiple years : Booking your domain name for multiple years is good rather than renewing it every year. It can also turn out to be cheaper from future increase in renewal fees.

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